Just last night the refresh button of my mind was pushed and some old wounds wreaked havoc with me. Once again I realized in very real terms that I still have MUCH to learn and still have need of MUCH growth. So, it is no surprise to me that this morning as I open up to Philippians 4 that the word, ” learned”, pops out at me as if it were a neon light.
Paul learned things in his life. Paul didn’t come to the man of faith he was by osmosis, he had to learn things, even the basic most practical aspects of life…like simply being content.
Whoa! I know, I know….contentment is not baby step issue. Many of us, as people on this planet, struggle with contentment. I once heard it said that” every woman lives in a tent…discontent or content” We have to be trained to live in the right tent girls!
Philippians was Paul’s letter of training. Chapter 4 in particular broke it down. I find it interesting that before he says he learned contentment in all things, he gave a step by step process of handling troubles and anxieties. That process ended with looking up. When looking up the view is different, isn’t it?
Looking up gets our attention off of self and is a sure fire way to become content in Christ. It was Paul’s secret. His secret was sincere surrender of everything…and every situation…every test of faith…everything…for the sake of knowing Christ.
My little turmoil last night reminded me how much I am dependent on Christ for my very sanity 🙂
Today, hold on to the word ” learned” and ask God to keep teaching you the things you need to learn right now in your life.
“for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Turning the last page of the book of Philippians, and looking more closely at the turn of phrase, the words of truth and the promises proclaimed by Paul. He obviously saved the best for last and used the entire letter as a build up to this point of closing.
Review his process
- Rejoice always
- Believe God is near you
- Refuse anxiety
- Instead pray
- Give God all your details, heartaches and fears
- Thank Him that he cares enough to respond and hear
- Receive His peace
- Look Up and look for the good around you, and sometimes that is just God with you!
A new day…back to the drawing board!
Sure glad that God has the paint brush….